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ID 4965
  Title The epidemiology of male adolescent low back pain in a north suburban population of Melbourne, Australia
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994 Sep;17(7):447-453
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) in an Australian metropolitan, male adolescent population.

DESIGN: Self-reported, pretested questionnaire that included a definition of LBP and a description of the body area it affects.

SETTING: Three government operated secondary schools in a growth corridor of north suburban Melbourne, Australia.

SUBJECTS: Six hundred ten males attending secondary (high) school, aged between 12 and 19 yr.


MAIN OBSERVATIONS: The point prevalence of LBP was found to be 16.7% and the sample prevalence 57%. The typical sufferer of adolescent LBP (ALBP) reported chronic LBP experienced up to a few days at a time, several times a month.

CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of ALBP found by studies in other populations is confirmed in Australia. There is a clear need for further study of the etiology and potential preventative factors of ALBP, and for consideration of whether nontraumatic occupational LBP results more from an aggravation of a preexisting (adolescent) condition than from an unsafe or unsuitable work environment.

This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher. Article only available in print.


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